Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/33764
Authors: 
Duarte, Rosa
Escario, José-Julián
Molina, José Alberto
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 2589
Abstract: 
The objective of this paper is to examine the factors which affect alcohol abuse and truancy among adolescents. We propose a new theoretical specification in which alcohol abuse and truancy appear as derived demands, given that they condition peer group and family acceptance, and we introduce unobserved individual effects that can influence both behaviours. Empirically, our paper develops an analysis where, after controlling for the existence of unobserved individual factors affecting both decisions, we test for peer influences. Our results first show evidence that alcohol abuse and truancy share unobserved factors affecting both decisions, and then confirm the existence of significant peer group influences on these two deviant behaviours
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Working Paper

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